All relationships take time
Intimacy and truly getting to know someone comes from spending alone time with each other, and our relationship with God is no different. The same rules apply and the Bible guides us by comparing our closest relationships to that of our relationship with Christ. Remember Christ is the bridegroom and the Church his bride; just as a marriage between husband and wife.
(Gen. 2:24) “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Think how intimately you get to know someone when you spend time alone with them, compared to a group setting? You experience each other in a completely unique and special way. When we spend time alone with God we draw closer to Him and also get to know Him intimately. He invites us to come to Him and get to know Him.
(Rev 22:17) “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
Jesus set the perfect example of obedience in prayer. Although His day was filled from morning to night with pressures and responsibilities; addressing crowds, healing the sick – He still made prayer a top priority. If Jesus was so dependent upon His fellowship in prayer alone with God His Father; how much more should you and I spend time alone with God?
(Mark 1:35) “And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and
went out and departed to a lonely place and was praying there”
The above examples and scriptures offer such powerful lessons which remind me of a few truths which I want to share with you:
- Spending time alone with God rids our minds of distraction so that we can focus on Him and hear His Word.
- Abiding in Him, we enjoy the intimacy to which He calls us and come to truly know Him.
- Prayer makes you understand that you are never alone because whenever you need to talk to someone, our Heavenly Father is there to listen to you.
When you have a problem or feel like an emotional wreck, know that if you pray you can find peace and your prayers will be answered. It may not be the answer you are expecting, or in the time you are expecting it, but the Lord knows exactly what you need.
Matthew Henry very powerfully said ~ “The person who dwells in God; this is the man who turns to God, who rests in God, who worships within the veil, who loves to be alone with God – and nothing, but nothing comes between this man and God, but God will come between this man and danger.”